Tam­ron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC £190/$200

SM ALL BUILD, AN D A SMALL PRICE TO PAY

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This new­est ad­di­tion to Tam­ron’s lineup is com­pact and re­mark­ably light­weight, at just 400g. Not only is it the light­est lens in the group, but it’s also the least ex­pen­sive, by a big mar­gin.

Part of the weight-sav­ing is due to the Tam­ron be­ing the only lens on test to fea­ture a plas­tic mount­ing plate, but it nev­er­the­less in­cludes a weath­erseal ring and con­struc­tion feels solid and durable. Com­pared with the orig­i­nal Tam­ron 18-200mm, this new edi­tion is com­pletely re­designed, and adds the com­pany’s pro­pri­etary VC (Vi­bra­tion Com­pen­sa­tion) op­ti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion and a new ‘DC mo­tor-gear train in­te­gra­tion’ aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem. The fo­cus ring still ro­tates dur­ing aut­o­fo­cus and there’s no full-time manual over­ride, but it’s very much qui­eter dur­ing op­er­a­tion.

Per­for­mance

Through­out the al­beit shorter zoom range, sharp­ness is bet­ter than from the older Tam­ron 18-270mm lens on test. The only caveat is that cor­ner-sharp­ness was a lit­tle lack­lus­tre when shoot­ing at 100mm us­ing the widest avail­able aper­ture.

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